Yes, the iPhone has it, and now most BlackBerry smartphones can use a similar app and will be officially released today. Imagine being able from your home or office, to make sure your car is warm in winter or cool in summer before you even step out the door. Directed Electronics has created an app that does just that.
The app was originally introduced to the iPhone in October, and now BlackBerry users can enjoy the same convenience. Unlike keyfobs that most car owners use that have a limited range, Viper SmartStart knows no range. That’s right, it’s unlimited range. And in winter, you can defrost your car and warm your cabin while you get ready to leave. And there’s security too. You can lock and unlock the car from your BlackBerry as well without a key.
BlackBerry users with most security or remote start systems in their car such as Viper, Clifford, and Python can download the free app, have Viper SmartStart professionally installed on their car, then activate the account so they can start using Viper SmartStart.
Depending on what comes with the installation, users can start the vehicle, lock and unlock the doors, enable or disable the security system, pop the trunk, or panic the siren (for finding your car in a crowded place). You will also be alerted via message to your BlackBerry should someone try to break in to your car.
From the Press Release:
Retailers already carry the necessary hardware – either the VSM100 Viper SmartStart module, or the equivalent DSM100 Directed SmartStart module, each with an MSRP of $299. Besides the free app, users will also need a compatible Viper, Python or Clifford remote start or remote start/security system, available at thousands of authorized retailers nationwide including Best Buy stores.
For more information, head on over to the Viper SmartStart site here. And if you have all the requirements for SmartStart and want to download it and start using it, we’ll show you where.
***The app won’t work till it is officially released. But the download website is here.